Disciplined display secures win

A DISCIPLINED bowling and fielding display saw the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Over-50s representative side defeat Long Melford Seniors by five wickets on Wednesday.

The home team, batting first, made 156 for nine declared, with Two Counties regular Phil Cox top-scoring with 44 against the side he normally represents. Barry Ball then made a half century as the Two Counties took just 36 overs to reach their target.

Martin Southwell did a good job deputising as skipper for John Stuck, who received a late call-up to the Suffolk Over-50s side.

Long Melford Seniors 156 for 9 (P Cox 44, B Challis 32, R Black 32, M Southwell 3 for 18, B Tompkins 2 for 34, N Pearce 2 for 38, P McGain 1 for 23, R Abbott 1 for 40). Two Counties 157 for 5 (B Ball 52, J Gallant 35, S Isaac 23no, N Henbury 1 for 25, R Powell 1 for 25, M Maxim 1 for 29, S Carpenter 1 for 34). Two Counties won by 5 wkts.

Captain Phil Cox will be aiming to lead the President’s XI to a long-awaited victory over the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Over-50s representative side in their annual fixture at Church Road, home of Elmstead Grasshoppers CC, on Wednesday, start 2pm.

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President’s XI: P Cox (Long Melford, capt), B Richards (Frinton, wkt), J Stuck (Clacton), T Mills, S Butcher (both Mistley), I Robinson (Tendring), B Challis (Long Melford), A Cooke (Copdock & OIs), G Webster (Maldon), B Ball (Abberton), M Hillis (DBSL), B Turley (Brightlingsea), S Carpenter (Long Melford).

Two Counties XI: M Paget (Abberton, capt & wkt), M Southwell, S Bulger (both Maldon), C Walters (Sudbury), S Marks (Melton St Audrys), S Isaac (Braintree), J Wiseman (Wivenhoe), N Oakley (Earls Colne), R Black, M Thew, R Kemp, R Powell (all Long Melford).

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Umps: R Digweed & H Bishop; scrs: W Black & K Sparkes.

The Two Counties Over-60s face the MSC Suffolk Alliance League Over-60s at Bentries Meadow, Easton CC, on Thursday, start 2pm.

Two Counties: P Cox (Long Melford, capt), B Richards (Frinton, wkt), S Isaac (Braintree), D Messent (Earls Colne), K Patel (Braintree), J Stuck (Clacton), R Black (Long Melford), R Ingham, R Abbott, R Ratford (all Ipswich), B Ball (Abberton), N Pearce (Easton). Ump: R Digweed; scr: R Podd.

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